Department seeks English language arts teachers to help develop Ohio’s State Tests by participating on range-finding committees

9/20/2021

The Department now is accepting applications for participants to serve on range-finding committees for English language arts. Ohio’s educators, content specialists and other stakeholders play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees.

Range-finding committees are necessary whenever a test contains open-ended questions which, for English language arts, are essays. Using sample student responses, these committees establish the range of acceptable responses, from no credit to partial credit, to complete credit. Range-finding committees make recommendations to the Department to ensure all written-response test questions are scored accurately, fairly and consistently.

Committees are specific to each Ohio’s State Test in English language arts (for example, Ohio’s State Test in Grade 5 English language arts or English Language Arts II end-of-course test). Ohio educators who serve as committee members represent the diversity of Ohio’s schools and districts: public, nonpublic, career-technical, urban, suburban and rural. Some may work in higher education or serve in school districts as curriculum specialists or administrators, but most of the committee members are classroom teachers with varied years of teaching experience in the appropriate grade levels and areas of study.

These English language arts range-finding committees will convene for a limited series of virtual meetings. They are not ongoing committees. Meetings will be in January and February 2022 only but will span several days. After applying to participate on one of the committees, volunteers will be able to indicate which dates they are available to serve. These meetings will occur virtually.

The dates for each of the grade-level meetings are as follows:

  • Grade 3, Part 1, Feb. 9-11
  • Grade 3, Part 2, Feb. 14-16
  • Grade 4, Jan. 18-21
  • Grade 5, Jan. 31-Feb. 4
  • Grade 6, Jan. 24-27
  • Grade 7, Part 1, Jan. 18-21
  • Grade 7, Part 2, Feb. 14-16
  • Grade 8, Feb. 7-11
  • High School (English Language Arts II), Part 1, Jan. 24-28
  • High School (English Language Arts II), Part 2, Jan. 31-Feb. 4
  • High School (English Language Arts II), Part 3, Feb. 17-18

All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts. Participants will receive reimbursement guidelines at the meeting.

These meetings require participants’ full attention and engagement as if it was an in-person meeting. The materials discussed will be secure. Therefore, participants must have a secure location to work where no one else will see or hear the meeting or meeting materials and others cannot interrupt the participant.

Approximately four to six weeks after the meetings are completed, participants will receive certificates from the Department’s Office of Assessment. Participants can use the certificates for Local Professional Development Committee credit.

Those who are interested in participating on one of the English language arts range-finding committees should complete this application.

Applicants should describe their experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts. Please be sure to identify grade-level choice, English language arts as the content area assignment and range-finding as the committee preference. Submit applications by 11 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 31. Selected applicants will receive notification by the week of Nov. 22.

Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applicants must fully complete the application for the Department to consider placing them on a committee.

Once the Department receives a completed application, the Department will send applicants a link to indicate their availability. Applicants should indicate at least two days they are able to attend. Having all committee members attend the entire meeting allows for the best personal experience and the most consistent process; however, the Department understands that being away from the classroom for several days is not always possible or beneficial to students.

Send questions to the Office of Assessment at statetests@education.ohio.gov.